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The increased child care tax credit has ended — for now

Jan 17, 2022
The payments typically came through about this time, but not this month. Some families had come to depend on that extra money.
A protestor and child in Brooklyn urge Congress to make the expanded child tax credit permanent in July.
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French car commercials will soon urge buyers to reconsider driving

Jan 14, 2022
Automakers will have to include language that suggests consumers take public transportation or bike or walk, especially for shorter trips.
In France, car commercials will need language that encourages consumers not to drive.
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IRS urges taxpayers to prepare to file ... and to wait

Jan 13, 2022
In a statement Monday, the agency warned that it is still addressing a backlog of taxpayer inquiries from the past year.
Anticipating a high volume of calls and the ensuing backlog, the IRS is urging people to prepare as much as possible this tax season.
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Wage hikes outpace rent hikes in some parts of the country

Jan 6, 2022
And new data shows that buying a place is more affordable than renting in some areas.
In most places in most years, rents rise faster than renters' incomes, according to a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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New York Fed index looks at pandemic's effect on the global supply chain

Jan 4, 2022
The global supply chain pressure index shows that recent disruptions are extreme. But the labor situation is not represented.
The new global supply chain pressure index shows extreme disruption, according to one of its creators. Above, shipping containers at a British port.
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Omicron creates uncertainty for women's labor participation rate

Dec 27, 2021
There are 2.3 million fewer women working now than before the pandemic.
The omicron variant could lead to another wave of women having to leave the workforce.
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Consumer confidence rises, undeterred by omicron

Dec 22, 2021
Americans are reassured that businesses are still operating. Yet some economic uncertainty lingers.
The spread of the new coronavirus variant hasn't seemed to dampen consumer confidence, which reached 115.8 in December. However, that remains below pre-pandemic levels.
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What the PCE index tells us about inflation

Dec 22, 2021
The Fed looks to the Personal Consumption Expenditures, or PCE – as a real time measure of inflation alongside the Consumer Price Index.
The PCE factors in consumer substitutions, like if people buy chicken instead of beef because it's cheaper.
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In the Western wilderness, crowds of vacation renters are pricing out locals

Dec 21, 2021
Locals who live near national parks, like Joshua Tree, are seeing more and more housing stock become lucrative short-term rentals.
Tiffany Hopkins searches for new rental listings after hearing she has to be out of her triplex in Yucca Valley before Christmas. Hopkins has heard the property will be converted to short-term rentals.
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How government spending can affect inflation

Dec 20, 2021
What's the link between government funding for aid and new programs and that 6.8% inflation rate?
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said Thursday that he had agreed to support the Biden administration's climate change package.
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